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Autism Spectrum

Asperger Syndrome Education Network (Aspen) of New Jersey
ASPEN provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS, High Functioning Autism), and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities with education, support, and advocacy resources.

Autism National Committee (AUTCOM)!This is the only autism advocacy organization dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism” through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches. Our organization was founded in 1990 to protect and advance the human rights and civil rights of all persons with autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and related differences of communication and behavior.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement in the world of autism. Drawing on the principles of the cross-disability community on issues such as inclusive education, community living supports and others, ASAN seeks to organize the community of Autistic adults and youth to have our voices heard in the national conversation about us.

Autism Society of America
promotes lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum and their families, to be fully included, participating members of their communities through advocacy, public awareness, education, and research related to autism.

The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support(OASIS) center has joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS). This web site provides articles, educational resources, links to local, national and international support groups, sources of professional help, lists of camps and schools, conference information, recommended reading, and moderated support message boards.

Families for Early Autism Treatment(FEAT)
FEAT is a non-profit organization of parents, family members, and treatment professionals dedicated to providing best outcome Education, Advocacy and Support for the Northern California Autism Community.

Yale Child Study Center Developmental Disabilities Clinic & Research
The Autism Program at Yale is an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and scholars dedicated to providing comprehensive clinical services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. We are also one of the leading research centers in the world and were recently recognized as a National Institutes of Health Autism Center of Excellence.

Emotional/Behavioral Disturbance

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
A national parent-run organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental disabilities and their families.

Internet Mental Health
An encyclopedia of mental health information.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
The nation's leading grassroots, self-help and family advocacy organization solely dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder.

National Mental Health Association:
Dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illnesses through advocacy, education, and research.

National Association for Gifted Children
NAGC invests all of its resources to train teachers, encourage parents and educate administrators and policymakers on how to develop and supportgifted children and what's at stake if high-potential learners are not challenged and encouraged.

Uniquely Gifted
Dedicated to information about intellectually gifted children with special needs such as AD/HD, learning disabilities, Asperger Syndrome, etc.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
empowers persons who are hard of hearing to function independently by promoting universal rights and optimal opportunities to learn to use, maintain, and improve all aspects of their verbal communications, including their abilities to speak, speech read, use residual hearing, and process both spoken and written language.

National Association of the Deaf
safeguards the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in a variety of areas including education, employment, health care and social services, and telecommunications.

Intellectual Disabilities

Arc of the United States
The Arc is the country's largest voluntary organization committed to the welfare of all children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families.

National Association for Down Syndrome
serves children and adults with Down syndrome, siblings & families, and medical & educational professionals. Services include parent support services, audio/visual presentations, seminars, conferences and research reports.

National Down Syndrome Society
increases public awareness about Down syndrome; assists families in addressing the needs of children born with this genetic condition; and sponsors and encourages scientific research.

Down Syndrome Resources

Thank you students from Monument Charter School for sharing this comprehensive resource listing.

Family Village
is a global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with mental retardation and other disabilities, their families, and those that provide them services and supports.

Multiple Disabilities

Our-Kids
A "Family” of parents, caregivers and others who are working with children with physical and/or intellectual disabilities and delays.

Orthopedic Disabilities

Muscular Dystrophy Association
A voluntary health agency involving a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering 40 neuro muscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans.

National Easter Seals Society
A non-profit, community-based health agency dedicated to helping children and adults with disabilities attain greater independence.

Spina Bifida Association of America
promotes the prevention of spina bifida and to enhance the lives of all affected.

TASH

Members strive for fully inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities, TASH ensures that all individuals have the opportunity to learn, work, and enjoy life amongst a diverse community of family, friends, and colleagues.


United Cerebral Palsy Association
advances the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Other Health Impaired

Amen Clinic – ADD and Brain Specialists
Information on ADD, MRI and SPECT/SPECT scans, etc.

American Cancer Society
Leads the fight against cancer through its programs in research, patient services, prevention, detection and treatment and advocacy.

American Diabetes Association
Seeks to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

American Heart Association
Dedicated to providing education and information on fighting heart disease and stroke.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Dedicated to finding a cure for and controlling asthma and allergic diseases.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
A parent-based organization formed to better the lives of individuals with attention deficit disorders and those who care for them.

WIDE SMILES! Cleft Lip and Palate Resource
This site deals with everything related to cleft, cleft lip, cleft palate, cleft surgery, parents feelings about their kids born wit clefts, people born with cleft, a gallery full of pictures of cleft lip and palate, a support group to help deal with issues, emotions and medical conditions related to the cleft.

Epilepsy Foundation of America
An organization wholly dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy by working for children and adults affected by seizures through research, education, advocacy and service.

Family Voices
Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. National network that provides families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.

National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project
An organization dedicated to educating the diverse communities affected by HIV on the latest HIV treatments and advocating on treatment and policy issues for people with HIV.

The American Sickle Cell Association
Provides sickle cell research, education, and social services

Tourette Syndrome Association
is dedicated to providing up-to-date, accurate information about Tourette Syndrome.

Speech/Language

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 140,000 members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.

Institute on Communication and Inclusion
For almost two decades the Institution on Communication and Inclusion has been giving a voice and a means to communicate to people with disabilities who may have otherwise been living in silence or isolation.

Kids Speech
Information about speech and language development, assessments and therapy.

WAPADH– To provide quality training and support to individuals with severe communication impairments so that their lives are enhanced by communication and they have a means of communication to actively participate in their lives, and community.

Specific Learning Disabilities

International Dyslexia Association(formerly the Orton Dyslexia Society) is dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia.

LD Online
LD Online is an interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
LDAA works to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults with learning disabilities.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
NCLD is an easy-to-use resource for people seeking authoritative information on learning disabilities.

Resources for Parents of Children with Central Auditory Processing Disorders
supports parents whose child has been diagnosed with such disorders or suspect their child may have the disorder.

Central Auditory Processing Disorders
This site includes comprehensive information on CAPD and many links.

Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association
This association promotes awareness, understanding and prevention of brain injury through education, advocacy, research grants and community support services that lead toward reduced incidence and improved outcomes of children and adults with brain injuries.

Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury Related Sites
A website and discussion board devoted to helping people find information on ABI/TBI.

Visual Impairments

American Council for the Blind
The American Council for the Blind is one of the nation's leading membership organization of blind and visually impaired people.

American Foundation for the Blind
AFB is a leading national resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the organizations that serve them, and the general public. The Foundation's mission is to enable people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve equality of access and opportunity that will ensure freedom of choice in their lives.

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